The fur of mammals in exposed environments; do crypsis and thermal needs necessarily conflict? The polar bear and marsupial koala compared

@article{Dawson2013TheFO,
  title={The fur of mammals in exposed environments; do crypsis and thermal needs necessarily conflict? The polar bear and marsupial koala compared},
  author={T. Dawson and K. Webster and S. Maloney},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology B},
  year={2013},
  volume={184},
  pages={273-284}
}
  • T. Dawson, K. Webster, S. Maloney
  • Published 2013
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Journal of Comparative Physiology B
  • The furs of mammals have varied and complex functions. Other than for thermoregulation, fur is involved in physical protection, sensory input, waterproofing and colouration, the latter being important for crypsis or camouflage. Some of these diverse functions potentially conflict. We have investigated how variation in cryptic colouration and thermal features may interact in the coats of mammals and influence potential heat inflows from solar radiation, much of which is outside the visible… CONTINUE READING
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